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S8 Displays Smartphone’s Scale
3/31/2017   4 comments
Samsung and Huawei provided a glimpse of the microns-to-megabucks complexity in mobile design with their smartphone news this week.
3GPP Moves 5G Forward in Dubrovnik
3/30/2017   Post a comment
5G cellular standards continue to take shape.
Silicon Wave Rises in Data Center
3/30/2017   Post a comment
A golden wave of excitement around merchant Ethernet switch chips for the data center is rising with new investments from traditional suppliers and startups.
Uber Crash Exposes V2X Politics
3/28/2017   8 comments
If both vehicles –- Ford and (Uber) Volvo -- had some form of V2V technology, would the outcome have been different?
10 Stars Under 30 Shape High-Tech Supply Chain
3/28/2017   Post a comment
One third of the winners of the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars are working for leading technology, electronics, and logistics companies. Here's a look at how each is making a difference.
Welcome to the Age of Continuous Innovation
3/28/2017   4 comments
Modern applications now are comprised of pre-fab code snippets representing atomized functions delivered as microservices packaged within containers.
OFC: 200G and 400G Ethernet and the Technologies Behind Them
3/27/2017   Post a comment
Several test announcements came out of the annual conference in Los Angeles. High-speed Ethernet for datacenters and the underlying technologies were featured.
In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream for Ice Cream
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3/27/2017   17 comments
The phrase 'I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream' could have been written with the Handel's Homemade Ice Cream emporium in mind.
Product Engineers Fill the Gap With Automated Tests
3/27/2017   1 comment
At Maxim Integrated, product engineers make sure new products are tested and ready for production.
Tech's Rocket Docket Hits Spotlight
3/26/2017   Post a comment
The Supreme Court will hear a case that may signal a death-knell for the Eastern District of Texas as the tech industry’s so-called “rocket docket.”
Want More Pi?
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3/24/2017   13 comments
Are there any imponderable that you find you cannot stop pondering?
Networking Furiously at ESC Boston 2017
Max’s Cool Beans  
3/23/2017   3 comments
Do you live in the Boston area? If so, you really should attend the Embedded Systems Conference to network furiously with your peers.
5 IoT Trends to Watch in 2017
3/23/2017   1 comment
Networking, security and machine learning are among five key areas to track this year as the Internet of Things goes mainstream.
Design Contests: Worthy, Worthless, or In Between?
3/22/2017   10 comments
There are many design contests in which to participate, but deciding whether to do so involves many hard-to-assess and personal factors.
It's Raining Americans (Better Take an Umbrella)
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3/22/2017   14 comments
If you take a relaxing stroll in the woods, be prepared to dodge hunters as they plummet out of the sky and become one with Mother Earth.
Renting/Leasing Electronic Test Equipment
Max’s Cool Beans  
3/21/2017   2 comments
What do you do if you find yourself needing test equipment? Have you tried renting and/or leasing?
Wearables Market Pivoting Fashionably
3/21/2017   Post a comment
The market for wearable electronics is evolving, with new products that blend conventional fashion and high-tech functionality.
The Heart of a Soldering Station
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3/17/2017   26 comments
The CSI Premier 75W soldering station is a low-cost unit that has a lot of features.
Data Storage: The Hard Disk Drive
3/17/2017   4 comments
Currently, the most widely-used storage device is the Hard Disk Drive (HDD), but its popularity is rapidly declining.
Revel in Thought-Provoking Presentations at ESC Boston 2017
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3/16/2017   Post a comment
ESC boasts a bodacious bunch of great speakers and we can expect myriad amazing, mind-expanding, thought-provoking presentations.
Shoot! What's the Dash Cam Say?
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3/16/2017   31 comments
Higher or lower resolution, wider or narrower field of view -- there are so many Dash Cam options to choose from.
Rainy Days Can Be the Most Productive
3/16/2017   4 comments
When the next rainy day comes, get off your seat and tackle those real projects.
Who's the Man Behind the Mask?
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3/14/2017   2 comments
It turns out that creating a ventriloquist's mask isn’t too difficult, but implementing the articulation can be a tad tricky.
Six Ways to Secure Big Networks
3/14/2017   1 comment
Despite their confidence, communications service providers had an average of 93 attempted breaches over the last year, with one in three attacks successful.
Jump-Over Cables Improve Signal Integrity
3/14/2017   Post a comment
Cables that bypass PCB traces are making headway into high-speed digital designs because they lose less signal.
Why 3D Super-DRAM?
3/14/2017   6 comments
What is 3D Super-DRAM and why do we need 3D Super-DRAM? The CEO of Besang makes the case.
PSoC 6: Lowest Power, Most Flexibility, Built-in Security (Mic Drop) -- SPONSORED CONTENT
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3/14/2017   Post a comment
The creation of PSoC 6, Cypress’ newest PSoC MCU aims to bridge the gap between power-heavy application processors and performance-lite microcontrollers. PSoC 6 is a single-chip solution targeted at a wide array of IoT applications, offering longer battery life, more data processing, and built-in security features.
The Arrow Quadro IoT Wi-Fi Kit: A Faster Route to Success in the Internet of Things Market -- SPONSORED CONTENT
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3/14/2017   Post a comment
The Arrow Quadro IoT Wi-Fi Kit is based on a two-level solution, with each level composed of two types of wireless modules. All of these modules are specifically tailored to meet the requirements of the IoT world with their combination of wireless and wired communications, processing capabilities, and cloud-based application technology.
Standard Proposed to Link Fab, EMS
3/13/2017   2 comments
The industrial Internet of Things is poised to take a step linking the wafer fab to the printed-circuit board factory.
Aqua Landscapes and Terrific Terrariums
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3/10/2017   5 comments
In regular fish tanks, the plants play a secondary role to the fish; in aqua landscapes, it’s the other way around.
WikiLeaks, the CIA and Trust
3/10/2017   4 comments
This week’s news begs the core question of security--one beyond the reach of the cleverest technique--who do you trust.
Now I'm Lusting Over a Laser Harp
Max’s Cool Beans  
3/9/2017   4 comments
When you see a laser harp, several; thoughts spring into your mind, including 'Ooh, Shiny' and 'I want one!'
Why 'Toyota's Killer Firmware' May Not Have Been a Killer After All
3/9/2017   27 comments
As he delved deeper into the evidence, David Cummings says he did not find a convincing argument that Toyota's software was to blame for the accident.
The Power Just Went Out
Max’s Cool Beans  
3/8/2017   16 comments
In the not-so-distant past, if the power went out, you were never sure if it was just your house or the entire neighborhood that was affected.
One Metallic Step Closer to the Robot Apocalypse
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3/8/2017   Post a comment
For anyone contemplating a new career, working with robots can be fun, interesting, challenging, and rewarding, until...
Independent Tool Vendors Form Alliance
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3/8/2017   Post a comment
A group of embedded tool vendors has formed the Embedded Tools Alliance (ETA).
MyScript Nebo vs. Notes Plus Handwriting Apps
3/8/2017   2 comments
Handwriting recognition is stunning in both apps, but there are pros and cons to the different usage models.
No More Easy-to-Connect But Hard-to-Test Cables
3/7/2017   1 comment
The widely used, basic crimp connection can now be fully tested in real time using a non-destructive ultrasonic system developed by NASA.
And the Winner of Best FPGA of 2016 is...
3/6/2017   2 comments
From these numbers, it appears that FPGAs outgrew the overall semiconductor market (6% vs. 1.5%).
Manufactured in a Facility that uses Eggs and Peanuts
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3/6/2017   26 comments
Have you ever looked at the ingredients that go into a modern food product and thought 'I'm not eating that'?
MWC: Test Announcements Abound
3/6/2017   Post a comment
Mobile World Congress isn't just for phones anymore. Test keeps making a stronger presence each year.
What’s Behind ‘Non-Standalone’ 5G?
3/3/2017   Post a comment
At this year’s Mobile World Congress, the industry’s 5G conversation not only kept drifting back to 4G, but also quietly shifted from 5G's "Core Network” to "New Radio (NR)."
Cool Beans -- Electric Surfboards
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3/2/2017   14 comments
These electric surfboards boast watertight 5 kW jet propulsion units that allow them to reach speeds of 35-40 km/h (21-24 mph).
An Invitation to be the Inimitable Me
Max’s Cool Beans  
3/1/2017   10 comments
IOT Day in NC will boast a full day of tutorials presented in three tracks: IoT at 'C' Level, Engineering the IoT, and Making the IoT.

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